shoveling


shoveling

noun

  1. an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
  2. any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
  3. a shovelful.
  4. Informal. shovel hat.

verb (used with object), shov·eled, shov·el·ing or (especially British) shov·elled, shov·el·ling.

  1. to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
  2. to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
  3. to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.

verb (used without object), shov·eled, shov·el·ing or (especially British) shov·elled, shov·el·ling.

  1. to work with a shovel.

noun

  1. an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
  2. any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
  3. Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
  4. short for shovel hat

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

  1. to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
  2. (tr) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
  3. (tr) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless wayhe shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
n.

Old English scofl, sceofol “shovel,” related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.

v.

mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.

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